Silver Dagger, Dec 2002, 23.95, 201 pp.
After finishing her assignment in Indiana, Kate Kelly decides to take a mini-vacation and visit her family in Williamsburg, Va. After renting a car in Richmond, she is driving towards home when someone hits her from behind and she runs into a tree. She wakes up in the hospital and is questioned by the Sheriff who wants to know why she was carrying so much money in the trunk of her car. Kate knows nothing about it
After doing some investigating, the sheriff tells Kate that an identical car was rented at the same location to a Karen Kelly. Karen worked part time at the estate of a very rich and powerful local family, the Merrimans. After visiting a local antique store, Kate finds evidence that Karen and a male companion were selling valuable curios obtained from the Merimmann's house. Using her reporter's credentials, she persuades the matriarch of the family to do an interview with her and while at their home she discovers that at least two of the Merrimans had reasons to want Karen dead.
KILLER LOOKS is a very entertaining amateur sleuth tale starring a protagonist who will go to any lengths to uncover a clue that will lead her to a killer. The heroine is very likable and her romance with her doctor has the reader hoping he is not the actual killer. Laura Young is a fresh new star in the mystery galaxy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner